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Old 10-15-2009, 01:34 PM   #21
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Not really that surprising. I never knew anyone who really had a thing for Buell's except for Harley fanatics who wanted sportbikes.

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Sadly, I saw this coming for a while.
More people out of work and one less product made in the USA.
You just reminded me of the funniest thing. My ford was made in Mexico, yet my mom's Honda was made in the USA. Kinda funny to think that Japanese companies actually help employee Americans.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:36 PM   #22
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actually buell guys are a select group. like buelligan is all about it. i dont think he has a thing for harley at all. like vw owners are usually all about their gti's and jetta's. the audis are for those who want to drive a highend car and cant afford it.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:38 PM   #23
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... the audis are for those who want to drive a highend car and cant afford it.
what the are you talking about? Last time I checked Audi's were better manufactured than Mercedes, and the same price too.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:00 PM   #24
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they all have a base model car. c230, a4, 325. and you can get one for around 35to40 grand. , audi has the a3 for affordable. but basically a vw gti. you would be surprised how many people buy these cars for the ego stroke. then they find out a timing belt replacement is around a grand and they trip. or brakes on their q7 are more than a grand for rotors and pads and labor. know what i mean? or the people who buy them used and then really trip because because they had no idea. if your credit is good enough and can afford a payment they buy it. but can never afford to maintain it. just the way it is. but most vw guys and gals stick loyal to the brand. as vw controls audi. or owns however.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:02 PM   #25
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and yes they are better cars. but leak just as much oil. the a8l is 90 grand with the 4.2 vr. with a w12 engine is 120,000. but the good ol a4 is cheap.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:43 PM   #27
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even though I prefer the Japanese bikes, no doubt its sad, specially for the American industry.




"...Harley-Davidson announced today that it is discontinuing its Buell product line and will cease production of Buell motorcycles permanently by Oct. 30. According to Harley-Davidson spokesman Paul James, the discontinuation of the 26-year-old Buell brand, which has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the Milwaukee-based manufacturer since 1998, "is part of Harley-Davidson's go-forward business strategy. The new long-term strategy aims to drive company growth through a focus of efforts and resources on the Harley-Davidson brand."

James said, "The fact is, a dollar invested into Harley-Davidson, there's more impact than the same dollar invested elsewhere when it comes to reaching new riders and enriching the experience of our core customers."

As part of the company's new myopia on its core brand, Harley-Davidson is also divesting itself of MV Agusta, the Italian sport bike company it purchased last year.

"We're exiting the sport bike market with those niche brands," James said.

MV Agusta is being sold because it was a standalone business unit. Buell "was highly integrated into the entire business and the distribution network of Harley-Davidson," James said, so "selling Buell as an outside entity was not the best choice for the company."..."
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I would have to agree its sad from an American industry standpoint and the loss of jobs. But lets all face it Buell has never done it for me or pretty much any other sportbike rider. Brand recognition was very weak. On the boards when we discuss twins we talk about SV's or L Twins Ducatis. Not many people cling to buell or represent buell like other sportbike manufactures such as suzuki,yamaha,honda, etc etc. So in a way its sad.. But hey if you cant run with the big dogs stay on the porch. They jumped into the market way to late and tried to play catch up. Its sad because I talked to one of the reps at the International motorcycle show and they were pushing in leaps and bounds to develop a bike to race at the world level.. WSBK, AMA Superbike. They were just waiting for more sponsorships from other pairing companies such as suzuki yoshimura. Yamaha, Graves. All those companies to be able to afford it. Once again sad but It wont affect my purchases of motorcycles and never has.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:59 PM   #29
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I'm surprised it took this long for them to go under.
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Such a sad day !!!!
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:57 PM   #31
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:09 PM   #32
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I dont think theyll become collectors items, just as no one is gonna be collecting saturns
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is saturn out of business?
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:19 PM   #34
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Watching Mr Beull was sad cause he's losing his dream but in the long run his bikes were not competitive period. When you see an 1125 cc machine being allowed to compete with 600 cc machines it speaks loudly that it is lacking in current technology. The Japanese and European bikes are far superior.
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sad for erik buell!
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Finally...maybe some former Buell engineers will get together and make a competative America sportbike. I will buy that stock.
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Watching Mr Beull was sad cause he's losing his dream but in the long run his bikes were not competitive period. When you see an 1125 cc machine being allowed to compete with 600 cc machines it speaks loudly that it is lacking in current technology. The Japanese and European bikes are far superior.
isn't that wild sometimes I wonder if we didn't nuke em japan would have beat us. cause them suckers could fight too. I've played video games I would rather fight a german over japaneese any even though they are smaller. Those japaneese are commited.
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isn't that wild sometimes I wonder if we didn't nuke em japan would have beat us. cause them suckers could fight too. I've played video games I would rather fight a german over japaneese any even though they are smaller. Those japaneese are commited.
Bwaaaahahahaha...Bill, and you are basing your point of view on the video games you've played?
How does that translate into bike building and development?
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is saturn out of business?
Pretty much... deal fell through on penske buying them from GM.


Maybe Buell shold get with Fischer and come out a true american sportbike. :-)
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